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Game ends all square at Moulton College

21 August 2017

A Northampton Town XI took on a Chesterfield XI in a behind closed doors friendly at Moulton College on Monday.

Luke Coddington, Regan Poole, George Smith, Matt Grimes, Daniel Powell, Dean Bowditch, Shaun McWilliams, Joe Iaciofano and Leon Lobjoit were among the players given a run out. Former Cobblers midfielder Jak McCourt lined up for the visitors.

Grimes tested the keeper with a curling 5th minute free kick that was tipped away for a corner, but the Cobblers had the lead soon afterwards, George Smith leading a break out of defence to find Joe Iaciofano and his long range drive went in off the underside of the bar via a slight deflection.

Iaciofano doubled the lead after eleven minutes, finishing low beyond the keeper, before the visitors came close to pulling a goal back but a header from a corner hit the bar and bounced away to safety.

Lobjoit headed wide from a Smith cross with half an hour played, but the former Buckingham man did find the net just before half time, finishing well after being played in by Bowditch.

The second half started with Lobjoit heading just over from a Grimes corner, with the Swansea City loanee involved again moments later, winning the ball back and playing in Daniel Powell who saw his shot tipped wide. Grimes delivered the resulting corner that saw Regan Poole head just wide of the target.

Iaciofano was denied a hat-trick on 53 minutes, a fine diving save keeping his drive at bay, before Grimes was withdrawn having played just under an hour.

Luke Coddington made a superb finger tip save from a Chesterfield break, clawing a curling effort away just after the hour mark, but that only delayed a Spireites response. From the resulting corner, Coddington blocked the first shot before the visitors forced the ball home in the ensuing scramble.

A host of substitutions followed with the introduction of a number of youth team players. The visitors halved the deficit with five minutes to play, and then levelled two minutes later to ensure an entertaining game ended level at 3-3.

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